ARS Sugarbeet and Bean Research Unit (SBRU) in East Lansing, Michigan

Research Agricultural/Mechanical/Electrical Engineer, GS-0890/0850/0830-12/13

Salary Range of $77,488.00 to $119,787.00 Per Year

Announcement Open: September 15, 2021 – October 15, 2021

The USDA, ARS Sugarbeet and Bean Research Unit (SBRU) in East Lansing, Michigan is
seeking a permanent, full-time Research Agricultural/Mechanical/Electrical Engineer to lead
a research program in precision agriculture and automation for sugar beet production and
postharvest handling. The research program is aimed to develop innovative phenotyping
and automation technologies that can be applied to assist in discovery and selection of new,
promising germplasm for desired agronomic traits; new sensing methods and techniques for
precision crop and beet yield monitoring and prediction and for early detection and
management of diseases, insects, nematode and weeds; and nondestructive sensing and
measuring technique and handling practices for postharvest monitoring and management of
beets for enhanced sugar production. Qualified candidates must have professional
knowledge in agricultural, electrical or mechanical engineering with experience and/or
training in sensors, imaging and information technology, precision agriculture and
automation and have experience publishing research in peer-reviewed scientific journals
related to the development and application of engineering technologies to agricultural and
biological systems.

For further information and complete application instructions, search for announcement
ARS-D21MWA-11231354-JML at

U.S. Citizenship is required. Applications must be received by the closing date of October 15,

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief
scientific in-house research agency. Our job is finding solutions to agricultural problems that
affect Americans every day from field to table. Here are a few numbers to illustrate the
scope of our organization: • 660 research projects within 15 National Programs • 2,000
scientists and post docs • 6,000 other employees • 90+ research locations, including
overseas laboratories • $1.5 billion fiscal year budget.
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